ColorTherapy: Two Dark Bathrooms

ColorTherapy: Two Dark Bathrooms

Mark Chamberlain
Apr 22, 2008

Name: Spring, UL52
Brand: Ralph Lauren

Feng Shui informs us that good color for a bathroom would either be water colors or wood colors, to match or support the water element. Well, I sometimes get so sick of powder blue I could wretch, so this week let's look at two more colors from my arsenal of dark colors…

Spring has sprung, at least in Hell's Kitchen, and this is one of the most interesting colors I've seen in a long time. The name is quite accurate; I can only describe this as fecund.

We went through a process of choosing and eliminating dark colors for the main room of a studio, and wound up choosing one for the bathroom instead. Something about Spring leapt out of the color deck—it's green, brown and black all at the same time, fertile and loamy, and dances quite well with the warm pinky tile. I thought fiddle-head ferns would sprout from the walls if I just gave them enough water.

Name: Whitall Brown HC-69
Brand: Benjamin Moore

Secondly, I have yet another brown. Oddly enough, Spring is the darker of the two, but it actually feels much warmer than Whitall Brown. There's something simple, powdery and Zen about this room, and it definitely feels "woodsy," in line with our Feng Shui dictum. Reminds me of my Finish grandfather's sauna just a bit, though now I'm just romanticizing things.

- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter

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